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  • Composer: Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (Feb. 22 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0007ACVH8
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1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
4. Allegro Non Molto
5. Adagio
6. Allegro Non Molto
7. Largo - Andante Molto
8. I Fantasmi
9. Il Sonno
10. Sorge L'aurora
11. Allegro Non Molto
12. Largo
13. Allegro
14. Allegro Ma Poca
15. Larghtetto
16. Allegro
17. Allegro
18. Andante
19. Allegro

Product Description

Concertos pour basson & cordes RV 476, 487, 471, 498, 480, 503, 493 / Tamás Benkócs, basson - Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, dir. Béla Drahos

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d7653f0) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa125d738) out of 5 stars Unusual and Beautiful Sept. 22 2012
By Samir Sobhy - Published on Amazon.com
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is one of the 'giants' of Venetian musicians. Surprisingly, while he was recognized as an exceptionally talented violinist, he studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1703! One of the high points of his career was his long (though intermittent), association with the Ospedale della Pieta, the orphanage for girls which had a tradition of fine musical training of the girls, which Vivaldi undertook most successfully, first as violin master, then in other capacities. He composed most of his music while working there.
Vivaldi composed over thirty concertos for bassoon, which shows an exceptional and unusual attention to the instrument, which is usually included in orchestral work as part of the bass line (such as bass continuo and cello), rarely having particular notes written out for it. It was Vivaldi who elevated it to the rank of a solo instrument. Listening to the 31 concertos recorded in this collection of 5 volumes, shows how a genius like Vivaldi could transform a musical instrument.
All concertos are written for the bassoon as soloist, string orchestra, and bass continuo. Unfortunately, the booklet does not give the dates in which the concertos were written. They are all in 3 movements - fast/slow/fast - except the RV 501, subtitled "La Notte". This concerto is also the only one with a 'program'. Each volume contains 6 concertos, except Volume 1, which contains 7. All concertos are performed by Hungarian musicians: Tamas Benkocs, Basson, and the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia. All volumes were recorded in Budapest: volume 1 and 2 in 2003; volume 3 in 2004; volume 4 in 2005; and volume 5 in 2007. The performance and the quality of the sound are good.
The concertos explore fully the range and capacities of the bassoon in expression, mood, and sound, with Vivaldi's usual masterly play between slow and fast movements, and his familiar use of counterpoint, as well as the balance between solo and orchestra.
This is Volume 2 which contains the above mentioned RV501, "La Notte" (the night), which has 4 movements: Largo - Andante; I fantasmi (phantasms); Il sonno (sleep); Sorge l'aurora (break of Dawn). As in "The Four Seasons", Vivaldi gives us his wonderful musical interpretations on the subject, this time on a restless night, with phantasms and dreams up to dawn's break!
HASH(0x9d7e215c) out of 5 stars Fine, enjoyable Dec 22 2014
By Tero - Published on Amazon.com
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All five discs by the Hungarian orchestra (on modern instruments) and with Drahos conducting and Benkocs as bassoonist are well done. There is a tendency for period instrument ensembles to play these too fast. These are fine, but still up to modern standard. The previous budget sets by Daniel Smith on various labels (and soon on Decca) were not as well done, though not poor either.

Naive put out thee discs recently on period instruments, but there is no word on the rest of the concertos.

To get the whole set, you need to buy the Naxos discs individually. Each disc has essential works for me, so there is really no skipping.

On Disc 2, the highlights for me are RV486 and RV501.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dee3c6c) out of 5 stars Another great one! Aug. 4 2007
By K. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
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This c.d. comes highly recommended for any lover of Bassoon Concertos # 1.
(I personally prefer this one)

If you are looking for some new Vivaldi or bassoon this is a good option. Easy to listen too, gorgeous bassoon melodies, great music.

Not much else to say - listen yourself!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc7c534) out of 5 stars Bassoon Magic Nov. 17 2013
By Bob from LA - Published on Amazon.com
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Showing off the bassoon is hard. Most composers don't even try. Vivaldi's style fits the bassoon well, and the selections are a delight.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9de9972c) out of 5 stars Beautiful music Dec 11 2012
By L. Polgar - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the bassoon and these works were unknown to me. I bought the complete series. What can I say, they're quite wonderful. Dealer gives quick service and the cd (s) arrived in mint condition.